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The Guiding Force of GDPR
Crossing the GDPR deadline has given organizations around the world some much-needed space to breathe and contemplate their next step. During the time, IT departments of most enterprises were presented with the challenge of working out ways to abide the GDPR guidelines, as it seemed to be a security issue. However, soon it became apparent that rather than being a technology issue, it was a people and process issue. IT teams passed the baton to other teams such as legal, HR, and finance.
In the process of gaining an advantage over the encompassing policies and procedures, companies realized they needed a helping hand from the IT department, thus involving them in the process once more. The GDPR is a business challenge for companies that include how they process personal data, thus making sure ongoing compliance needs are viewed holistically; IT teams were instrumental in ensuring that.
In the aftermath of establishing GDPR, many organizations are going through changes in ways they manage, record, and store personally identifiable information (PII) data. Being a quite lengthy process guarantees that a lot of companies may not yet be compliant; however, they should work towards a GAP analysis and identify what is required to achieve compliance.
Along with the change in mindset about the GDPR solely being an IT problem, organizations should cease viewing IT security as expensive and there are many ways that firms can improve their IT security without a large expenditure. Even after the deadline, GDPR is proving to be a guiding force for businesses to progress in the right direction of change. Embracing it as a way to ensure compliance and keep data safe will help companies see if the process was a worthwhile effort.